Forwarding Events And Triggers

Many third-party scripts add a global variable to window which user code calls in order to send data to the service. For example, Google Tag Manager uses a Data Layer array, and by pushing data to the array, the data is then sent on to GTM Servers. Because we’re moving third-party scripts to a web worker, the main thread needs to know which variables to patch on window, and when these services are called, the data is correctly forwarded to the web worker. This includes queuing any events that may have happened before Partytown has even finished initializing.

For example, Google Tag Manager adds the dataLayer array to window, and Facebook Pixel adds the fbq function. Below is some quick pseudo code of what they’re doing:

// Google Tag Manager
window.dataLayer = [];

// Facebook Events
window.fbq = function(){...};

Because GTM and Facebook Pixel objects are added immediately in the <head> by each service, then anywhere within the webpage, your code and their code, can safely call dataLayer.push(...) or fbq(...).

However, since GTM and Facebook Pixel were actually loaded in the web worker, then we need to forward these calls. The forward config is used to set which window variables should be patched and forwarded on. The forward string value is of the function to call, and since GTM is pushing to an array, the function to call is dataLayer.push.

  partytown = {
    forward: ['dataLayer.push', 'fbq']

Notice the forward configs are just strings, not actual objects. We’re using strings here so we can easily serialize what service variable was called, along with the function argument values. When the web worker receives the information, it then knows how to correctly apply the call and arguments that were fired from the main thread.


Please see the Integrations section for examples using the forward config.

Common Services

Please see the Common Services section for a list of known configs for various services.

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